SACSCOC Third Monitoring Report
We have now submitted our Third Monitoring Report to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The submission of this report represents a milestone in our efforts
to achieve full compliance with Comprehensive Standard 188.8.131.52 - Institutional Effectiveness:
Reflecting our shared values of communication, transparency, and integrity, we have posted the report on
the Focus '14 web site, which you can access at this link: http://www.cvcc.vccs.edu/Focus14/Default.asp.
When you review the materials that have been published there, you will find copies of the narrative,
appendices and supporting documentation for the narrative, and educational program summary reports for
every curriculum at CVCC. Missing from this information is the supporting documentation for the
assessments themselves. That documentation is so lengthy and detailed it is available only through
Compliance Assist, our assessment software.
In their hard-copy form, the materials on the Focus '14 web site span almost 500 pages. The extent of the
report is but one of its distinguishing features, however. Far more important are the quality of the
document and the college-wide effort that led to its creation and to the development of a comprehensive
institutional effectiveness process. From that standpoint, the report is not merely a static summary of
CVCC's evaluation of academic programs. It is a dynamic story about the college community's extended and
extensive efforts to assess the quality of its curricula. It is a story made possible by the leadership
of the faculty, staff, and administration and, in particular, Joey Fronheiser and Kris Ogden, who
coordinated the process and compiled the report.
Every person who contributed to our Third Monitoring Report can be rightfully proud of the process and the
product it represents. You have worked countless hours, made significant sacrifices, and brought the very
best of your commitment and expertise to the endeavor. A SACSCOC Special Committee will visit CVCC on
April 9-11 to judge the success of our efforts. Of course, we are both eager and anxious to find out how
the committee gauges our progress. Even now, however, thanks to you, there can be no question that the
college's institutional effectiveness program has advanced far beyond where it was last year and that
CVCC is a much stronger institution than it was last March.
Last Friday, on the day our monitoring report was due, the News and Advance published an article about our
quest to achieve compliance with SACSCOC. It is appropriately titled "CVCC: Back on the Right Course," and
you can read it at http://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/article_f6f33132-8d22-11e2-b42f-001a4bcf6878.html.
You will be reading a story about tenacity and resolve, about accomplishment and collaboration, about
commitment and hard work. You will be reading a story about a college that has come together amid
adversity—about a college that is becoming its best by honestly addressing its shortcomings. You will be
reading a story that was written by Amy Trent . . . but one made possible by you.
The byline belongs to Amy; the story belongs to you.
Thank you for all you have done to contribute to the cause!
John S. Capps
Central Virginia Community College
3506 Wards Road
Lynchburg, VA 24502-2498